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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Shiner: Beer or Bruise.... or Both?

Beer #95 Shiner Bock / Spoetzl Brewery, Shiner, TX

I'm fortunate to live in a part of the country where craft brewing is revered, and restaurants and bars are expected to carry multiple varieties of great beer from around the globe.  This being said, I recently found myself in the River Spirit Casino in Tulsa, OK (don't ask) for a few hours.  I was intrigued when someone asked our waiter what beers were on draft, and the eager young man replied, "every beer you can think of!"

EVERY BEER?  My mind immediately raced with the possibility of crossing some great or hard to find breweries off the list.  Just as fast as my mind took off, those dreams crashed and burned when I realized he was probably 18 years old and every beer HE could think of consisted of Bud, Bud Light, Miller Lite, Coors, Coors Light, and Corona.  Ooof.  I did manage to find Shiner Bock, a popular beer out of Texas from the Spoetzl Brewery, so all was not lost.  Drank this one out of the bottle, so I can't really describe the color or aroma, but the taste had notes of malt and caramel.  At 4.4% ABV, this is an easy drinking beer compared to other, more complex bocks.  I was hoping I'd get to cross Choc Brewery from Oklahoma off my list, but perhaps another time.

While the lack of beer choices was a disappointment, the trip was not without it's moments.  People watching at a casino on an Indian Reservation is an orgy for the eyes.  Prime example was the woman wearing boots and cut-off white jeans shorts, which just happened to be giving her... shall we say... front wedgie, which she was eagerly digging out when she walked by.  Interesting enough, but it gets better.  She proceeds to hop up on a bar stool at a table on a platform elevated about 8" or so off the floor.  And in the process of trying to (still) adjust her short shorts, she manages to lose her balance and tumble backwards off the chair and down to the floor like a hefty sack of drunk and oddly attired potatoes.


Here's something you need to know about me: I am well educated, kind, and thoughtful.  This being said, I find shows like America's Funniest Videos hilarious beyond belief.  Watching people fall down in awkward and unusual ways is comedy gold to me.  Guaranteed to make me near pee my pants laughing.


I immediately dropped down and hid behind the bar so that she wouldn't see me crack up, and started laughing so hard my contact lens rolled out of my eye.  By the time I caught my breath and composed myself long enough to see if she was okay, she had managed to get back up on her chair and resume her evening.  I mean, wouldn't this be a sign that maybe it's time to close up shop and head home?   Guess not!

Proof she exists!  Or is that Bigfoot?  

Thing to Think About Today:
If laughter is truly the best medicine, I suppose we'll use this space today to heal our injuries from falling off bar stools.  Enjoy this montage of people falling off of swings, courtesy of America's Funniest Videos.  Now why didn't I have my camera ready?

Until next time, River Spirit.  Sadly my 20 cent claim ticket is invalid after TWO DAYS!

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